Murnau am Staffelsee – a magical place which has left its mark on history, both in literature and painting. The unique landscape and sense of peace and calm once drew artists here. Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter found their inspiration – and a new home – in Murnau. Drawing on the beauty of the picturesque lakes and moors which surround the town, they created epoch-defining paintings in a new, expressionist style. Local galleries and studios are testament to the fact that artistry lives on in Murnau today.
The castle museum shows how Murnau played an important role in international art and literary history at the beginning of the 20th century. The museum's central exhibit is the largest existing public collection of the paintings of Gabriele Münter, along with details and documentation of the life of dramatist Ödön von Horvàth, who lived in Murnau in the 1920's and wrote important works here, such as “Zur schönen Aussicht“ and “Italian Night”.
Murnau, which is only 25 kilometres from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is elevated like a terrace above the “Murnauer Moos” nature reserve. This area - which at 36km² is the largest living moor in the Alps – is singular in central Europe because of its size, unity and the wide variety of animal and plant-life which live there, which include several endangered species.
You'll also find perfect conditions for swimming in Murnau; the three warmest swimming lakes in upper Bavaria are all here, perfect for bathing and relaxing. Lake Staffelsee in particular draws visitors with its fabulous beaches and idyllic swimming areas.
There's no question about it – Murnau unites culture and nature in a very special way.